FEBRUARY 9 2012 00:00h
In HDZ's mess the only person who was missing was Ivic Paslaic so this list of characters could be lined up until the last spot. Like there weren’t enough candidates running for a HDZ boss like the first one which the current minister of finance Slavko used to call a mayor spy or the second one, who was described as a traitor by sources close to the president of the party or the third one, who was described as a raw material or maybe the very candidate who hides in a figure of the current president against which every recently joined runner organized a certain resistance movement or two candidates doctors who are relatively unknown in the party and general public. It’s like they didn’t have enough dirty laundry that has been washing for weeks over the announcing stage so they needed a former politician who has been presented as a greatest evil that could have stricken Croatia before he fell into oblivion. And that was a long time before HDZ was called as a crime organization. So, who else needs Ivic Pasalic in such chaos?
For those who forgot about him, let’s just mention that Pasalic was perceived as a maestro of mafia policy long before a term mafia was being related to a local politics. His name was related to all scandals during the reign of the president Franjo Tudjman. He popped-out every suspicious privatization. His name was hiding behind every story dealing with a thesis of stolen money. He was the first secret partner in a history of modern Croatia. However, they have never proved any of accusations against him although in the time of the Ivica Racan’s government, many investigations were initiated so he left the politics spotted by grimy dirty political image but he has continued to live and work freely like he’s been fairly sprinkled with holly water. Meantime, media reported that his job has run-down and he withdrew from politics and business in privacy so he has been almost forgotten. It is true that from time to time, people used to speculate about his mystic impact on HDZ’s inner streams. Those stories would be shut down before even taking a burst. And suddenly, in the middle of the election campaign, he resurrects in HDZ again as a fatal figure that was awaken after centennial dream and now it is re-threatening with its power, abilities to initiate new inner conflicts and directs party trends.
When you see an interest of certain candidates who run for a HDZ president, at the first sight you cannot see who would suit a real activation of a great mag. When you look from a point of so called spinning, you would say that in a sense of marketing matter this tory can only be useful to Jadranka Kosor, since she is the only one who is not being connected with Pasalic in this moment. Every other candidate is under a doubt somehow. They all look a bit suspicious since who knows who the dangerous one is. Every HDZ member (and among them there are those who will vote for the new president at the election parliament of the party) knows that all mighty doctor once caused a lot of damage to HDZ, since thanks to his very connection with so many suspicious cases, the whole party was denounced as a crime organization ten years ago. The only difference was that no one called it that way then since in Croatian political glossary this word didn’t exist back then. They also know that out of all candidates Jadranka Kosor immediately stood on the opposite side personalized by Ivo Sanader, the side that seemed right in that moment. Since male candidates are under scrutiny due to a possibility of entering some kind of a deal with Pasalic, she can jump out like a dam from a flood of evil which could choke HDZ by his return. That, of course, doesn’t mean she has released the story about his comeback because she didn’t have lunch with him since the presidential election, and he was seen in a company of news-reporters couple of days ago before information about his great resurrection.
But the most certain probability is that the story about his political resurrection suits him the most right now. It is easy to presume that Eros for politics inside him isn’t dead and that maybe he really sees a chance for a re-activation in those forthcoming election. When every member is against other member, it is easy to sneak in through a small back door. But if the story about his comeback is an examination on conditions, in other words testing of the party atmosphere as the atmosphere in public towards such option, which came from a main figure of this speculation, it would be good that many pros and cons are being weighted to him. In this moment there is no reason this thing would be good for HDZ. But you can see at least one reason why it could be disastrous for him in person. So meanwhile Croatian constitution has been modified and war profiteering became a crime which doesn’t obsolete. His public re-engagement could attract attention on Pasalic and some past affairs that were attached to him - from Dubrovacka banka, selling Vecernji list to secret owners who were a fake screen, over Glumina banka downfall, money extortion from Croatia and deposition of that money on some secret accounts... Everything that easily faded away could revive aging by his engagement within HDZ and become a matter of new investigations.
Pasalic’s comeback to HDZ would be like a suicide for the party. After affairs Sanader is being on trial for, after cognition about black funds that financed party activity, affirmation of Ivic Pasalic in HDZ would only be an additional proof that the party didn’t earn a thing except - prohibition on further activity. Within many controversial stories and details which have necessarily leaked into public during the election campaign and ruined already undermined party reputation, it is like Pasalic was the only one missing in that story! If they are suicidal they will leave the door wide open for him.